2009 Ford Shelby GT500
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- as close to the classic musclecar experience as you can get
- as close to the classic muscle car experience as you can get
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Pros and Cons pretty much sum up the 07-09 GT500 experience. This is a bonafide muscle car with Fords modern day equivalent of the big blocks of yesteryear. In the short time I've had it; I've completed a 1200 mile trip (averaged 21.6 mpg) and paid a visit to the local 1/4 mile track and the car did not fail to impress as both a drag strip brawler and a tractable road car. However, after steping up from a 2007 Mustang GT with Ford's FR3 suspension I found the GT500 to be more broad axe than scapel in the handling department. (although the brakes are top notch compared to the GT) with the big 5.4 DOHC super-charged mill constantly reminding me of the car's truck like weight distribution. My only other complaint is the double disc clutch (which seems derived straight from Ford's early to mid 80's Mustang and F-150 days) Take up is abrupt with little give, its essentially in or out with little in between and takes some getting used to.
Interior fit and finish are good and the car came with some neat touches like the leather covered dash and red stitched steering wheel and shifter boot (although I had to wonder why Ford didn't take the extra step and match the stripes on the car - in my case white with blue - that would have been really neat).
As for the exterior, it leaves little doubt that its a special Mustang and anybody who has a passion for things automitve will pick the car out instantly, otherwise its capable of disappearing into the crowd when need be (as long as you keep the stock exhaust on it ;)
As I said before, this is a real deal muscle car that also happens to get decent mileage and is blessed with good brakes and a fairly comfortable interior, but trades balanced precise handling for blistering acceleration (get it right and you'll be ripping off 12 second quarter mile times in the 110-112 mph range and hitting a speed limited 155 mph a scant 22 seconds later).
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